On This Day In History, 8 November


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World Events Today

  • The German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen produced and detected what we now know as X-rays today in 1895
  • The British peer Richard John Bingham, more commonly known as Lord Lucan, disappeared today in 1974, never to be seen again
  • 11 people were killed and over 60 were wounded by an IRA bomb today in 1987 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland

Entertainment Events Today

  • The American daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives was aired on the NBC network for the first time today in 1965
  • The HBO Home Box Office network was launched today in 1972

Family Events Today

  • Edmond Halley, who was the second Astronomer Royal, was born today in 1656 in Kent, England, Halley’s Comet is named after him as he correctly calculated its orbit
  • The American gambler and gunslinger John Henry “Doc” Holliday died today in 1887 aged 36, it was 6 years after the Gunfight at the OK Corral
  • The celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay was born today in 1966 in Johnstone, Scotland

Main Event Today

  • Adolf Hitler staged the Beer Hall Putsch in Munich today in 1923, it ended as a failed coup d’état and with his arrest and imprisonment for treason

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Cappuccino Day

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